September/October 2019 Newsletter
The Final Completion of Construction!
Engaging every student...every day!
Dear Parents / Guardians,
Well this has certainly been an exciting time at MMS. Construction took a little longer than anticipated. Please note all of our folks on the construction side have done an exemplary job, especially being flexible and working with my staff to make this project a success. As a new principal last year coming with the need, due to our continued growth, to make a major schedule change and hire new staff, involving changes from the original plan for the construction project, I have found the District and Board to be so accommodating, supportive and wisely helpful during this process. We added the new Science Labs based upon my vision and the needs presented by our growth. The Board and District personnel, Maintenance and Technology have done a phenomenal job with the changes and obstacles that come with any project so ambitious. I cannot say enough to praise the leadership from the District, along with faculty and staff, to make this project, with its complications, such a success.
On that note, the Science Labs join the Cafeteria, Offices, locker rooms and new classrooms in final completion. Thank you parents, guardians and students for such support and patience through the changes to drop off and pick up last year, the switch back to the former procedure this year, and being understanding as we made final completions on this project.
Mr. Paolo Dulcamara
Some important dates:
October 11th - NO SCHOOL, End of the First Quarter
October 14th - NO SCHOOL, Columbus Day
October 24 - 25 - NO SCHOOL, (P-T Conferences 10/23, 5-8 pm & 10/24, 12-8 pm)
Please do not park in the bus lanes after 2:30 pm. Please note that you can always park in the guest parking on the southside of the main parking lot.
Please do not use the western parking lot during school hours 7:40am to 3:20pm for drop off or pick up. This is employee parking only. It is a matter of safety.
The District's Fiscal Year 2020 approved Budget is available for viewing on the District website (msd19.org) under the Business Department and at the District's Administrative Support Center (421 W. Harnett Street, Mascoutah).
PTO spirit wear order will arrive first week of October! Orders will be passed out soon.
PTO will be sponsoring the Taco Truck for Parent-Teacher conferences on the evening of Wednesday, October 23rd 5-8pm and General Sherman’s Hot Dog Truck Thursday, October 24th from 5-8pm. Plan to stop in and purchase a bite to eat before or after your conference.
Next PTO meeting will be Thursday, November 7th at 6pm in the MMS library.
Volunteer opportunity: Our 8th graders are taking a STEAM field trip to SAFB on November 20th. The 8th grade teachers (as well as all grades) are so excited at the prospect of more parent volunteer opportunities this year and have asked the PTO to help provide some chaperones. This is a wonderful opportunity to help the students and teachers while also having fun at this very informative event. If you are interested, call Melissa Haas in the office, 618-566-2305.
TIPS FOR PARENTS/GUARDIANS
Parent Teacher Conferences are coming up at the end of the month. To get the most out of your parent-teacher conferences, parents need to take an active role and come prepared to discuss how their child can reach their full potential.
Here are some tips for parents:
Get Ready. Do your homework prior to parent-teacher conferences. Prepare by writing notes to yourself concerning:
Any questions about the school’s programs or policies.
Things you can share with the teacher about your child and his life at home.
Questions about your child’s progress.
Ask Important Questions
Don’t be afraid to engage in a frank conversation with your child’s teacher. Your goal is to develop an action plan for your child’s success at school. Good questions to ask the teacher include:
What are my child’s strengths and weaknesses?
How does my child get along with classmates?
Is my child working up to his/her ability? What improvements need to be made?
What can we do at home to support what you are doing in the classroom?
Initiate the Action Plan
Start immediately on the action plan you and the teacher put together. Discuss the plan with your child and track progress. Stay in touch with your child’s teacher throughout the year and keep the communication lines open.
Read, Right, Run Club
Read, Right, Run Club has officially started! We had a great turnout for our first meeting last week. Read, Right, Run meets each Monday after school. All are welcome! If you need more information, contact Mrs. Bryant at email@example.com or 566-2305.
Please see the calendar for sporting and other school events: https://mms.msd19.org/o/mascoutah-middle-school/events
Making “book themed” pet rocks!
Emily Clark and Mara Anderson
Working on Pet Rocks
Cafeteria Menusfor October
Mascoutah Middle School.
846 N 6th Street, Mascoutah, IL, 62258
618-566-2305 / Fax: 618-566-2307